3 Popular Diets Debunked

Posted on 22-Mar-2016 by Kripa Jalan

3 Popular Diets Debunked

The GM diet, Atkins diet, zone diet… The list goes on. You’ve come across these diets more than once, and more than once have you contemplated doing them. Seems easy right? A shortcut to drop all that extra fat you’ve been lugging around. Lose Fat Fast. I mean who wants to follow a long diet where you’re constantly depriving yourself of your favourite foods, right? I’m not going to tell you that slow and steady wins the race. I’m not going to tell you why you shouldn’t adopt a “fad-diet”. I’m not going to harp about the importance of a healthy diet. I’m going to give you the facts, so that you can take a call.

The internet unlocks the world to easy information, but also brings with it hoards of depraved material. There is absolutely no existing diet that is going to fit anyone and everyone. So what’s all the craze about? Obviously, these diets must have worked for a number of people for them to have been pushed to their existing status. They may work. Ever wondered how? These diets seemingly diverse have one thing in common. They shun a particular food group. Since time immemorial, we have made an evil nutrient out of a single food group. Some day it’s bad to eat fat, some days carbs are your enemy and some days you’ve been told to load up on protein. Who is to say which macronutrient is the villain? In truth, there is no such thing as a bad macronutrient. The problem with health today, is that we have gone to deep, we have over complicated food. We concentrate on macronutrient’s to such an extent that we have forgotten about food as a whole. Nutrition is more of a quantitative science than a qualitative one.

The formulas are simple (In terms of Calories):

Eat<Burn=Weight Loss

Eat=Burn=Weight Maintenance

Eat>Burn=Weight Gain

As you can see, you need to create a calorie deficit to drop the number on the scale. One of the main reasons these diets work. The restricted calorie intake, will obviously result in weight loss. However, this occurrence can be an outcome of two other reasons:

The elimination of gastrointestinal bulk.

The loss of water weight.

They come with a promise, and if you’ve been good you won’t be disappointed. But they don’t tell you what comes after. Given that these diets are not sustainable in the long term, when you return to your normal eating habits (even presuming you’re not indulging in comfort food), the weight comes right back. This can easily be attributed to the return of the previously eliminated bulk and water. So yes, they do provide a temporary fix, but at what cost. A wrecked metabolism. The reduced caloric intake and increased caloric burn will drop your weight, but also your BMR. It’s extremely hard to reverse the damage of that. Yes, that magic pill that melts away fat has also spurred on the loss of lean muscle mass. What’s more? The nutritional restrictions leave little room for a sensible exercise regime.

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